Pray for the Chair of St. Peter

Bishop Kevin Vann reflects on the Feast of the Chair of St. Peter: "Anyone who knows some Church history knows that we Christians, from the very beginning... have disagreed on many things"

On Feb. 22, we celebrated the feast of the Chair of St. Peter. When I was living in Rome, this was one of my favorite occasions to visit the Vatican. I always made it a point to visit St. Peter’s Basilica every year on this beautiful day when, the chair sculptured by Bernini (said to contain a chair that belonged to St. Peter himself) would be lit up with candles–only on this … [Read more...]

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Orange diocese bishop lauded for efforts to advance tolerance and equality

Bishop Kevin Vann among recipients of Martin Luther King Jr. Drum Major Award from Christ Our Redeemer AME Church in Irvine

Diocese of Orange Bishop Kevin Vann was lauded recently for his efforts to advance tolerance and equality. He, along with OC Register Columnist David Whiting and Information Management Resources CEO Martha Daniel, received recognition from Christ Our Redeemer Church as they were awarded the Martin Luther King Jr. “Drum Major Award.” Rev. Mark E. Whitlock, Jr., Senior Minister … [Read more...]

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God is not watching us from a distance

Orange diocese Bishop Vann's Christmas Eve homily

The following comes from a Dec. 25 posting on the website of the Diocese of Orange. These days for me – as for most of us – bring a flood of memories from the realms of our lives and Christmases past. I was thinking of my maternal grandparents a lot these days, and how we would always go there on Christmas Eve – usually in bad weather – and would proudly receive a new set of … [Read more...]

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Bishop of Orange joins cast of high school drama

Bishop Kevin Vann plays homeless man in Santa Margarita Catholic High School’s fall musical production, “Godspell”

Bishop Kevin Vann of the Diocese of Orange is cast in Santa Margarita Catholic High School’s fall musical production, “Godspell.” Vann plays the role of a member of the homeless community and has been attending rehearsals on campus to prepare for the production. This is not Vann’s first performance in an SMCHS production. In the spring of 2017, Vann played a Russian Orthodox … [Read more...]

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Bishop of Orange blesses future Lady of La Vang shrine site

Hundreds attend Oct. 21 Mass and blessing of site on campus of Christ Cathedral that will be home to a $25-million shrine for Our Lady of La Vang, venerated by Vietnamese as a symbol of strength and resilience

Hundreds of Vietnamese Catholics visited the campus of Christ Cathedral Saturday, Oct. 21, to participate in a Mass and witness the Most Rev. Kevin Vann, Bishop of Orange, bless the site that will house a shrine for the Lady of La Vang. A Marian apparition that graced and blessed persecuted Catholics in 1798 in Central Vietnam, the Lady of La Vang is viewed as a symbol … [Read more...]

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Orange Catholic Foundation conference on business and ethics a huge success

Record-breaking attendance nets more than $500,000 in financial assistance for students attending Catholic schools in Diocese of Orange

The Orange Catholic Foundation’s 15th Annual Conference on Business & Ethics opened Friday morning, May 12, to a capacity audience of 1,100 people at the Anaheim Hilton. More than 500 were logged on to view the live webcast. The keynote speaker, Emmy Award-winning actress Patricia Heaton, spoke candidly about the ups and downs of her personal, professional, and spiritual … [Read more...]

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$9 million for Chapel and other building for Junipero Serra school in Orange diocese

Bishop Vann moves dirt in Rancho Santa Margarita

The following comes from an April 6 story in the Orange County Catholic, the website for the diocese of  Orange. Bishop Kevin Vann blessed the ground at St. Serra Catholic School in Rancho Santa Margarita on Monday, April 3, as students, faculty, donors and city leaders celebrated the groundbreaking of the fourth and final phase of the school. More than 100 gathered on … [Read more...]

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California Catholic Conference elects Bishop Vann as secretary/treasurer

Orange diocese bishop replaces Bishop Richard Garcia of Monterey

The following comes from a November 16 Orange County Catholic article: Bishop Kevin W. Vann, Bishop of Orange, has been elected by the California Catholic Conference of Bishops as its Secretary/Treasurer. Edward “Ned” Dolejsi, executive director of the California Catholic Conference said: “Bishop Vann has shown a keen interest in public policy since he moved to the … [Read more...]

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Changing course on Christ Cathedral

Diocese works to trim price tag of renovating iconic Orange County building

The following comes from an April 22 Orange County Register article by Deepa Bharath: Faced with major cost overruns in renovating the Christ Cathedral sanctuary, the Roman Catholic Diocese of Orange has moved to rein in the project’s construction expenses and streamline operations at the sprawling campus, church officials said this week. The diocese bought the 34-acre … [Read more...]

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Bishop Vann to anoint patients during World Day of the Sick Mass

The following comes from a January 25 Roman Catholic Diocese of Orange news release: The Most Rev. Kevin W. Vann, Bishop of Orange will anoint ill patients with holy oil and bless the hands of caregivers with holy water brought from the consecrated grotto of Massabielle in Lourdes, France; February 6, 2016 at 10:00 a.m. at St. Columban Church in Garden Grove. This grotto is … [Read more...]

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